Religion: Unity, a Fighting Word

The Protestant (undenominational) Christian Century was fed up. It had had great hopes of possible unity between the Protestant Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. It had bridled when Episcopalians showed signs of reneging on their nine-year-old invitation to Presbyterians to consider union with them. This week, after the Episcopal General Convention at Philadelphia had turned down the report of its Joint Commission on Approaches to Unity (TIME, Sept. 30), the Century let go its safety valve:

"The question will now be asked: What goal does the Episcopal Church have in view for the ecumenical movement? . . . Does the...

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